Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Corner View - My Dream

I don't remember when it began but for as long as I can remember I've been the go to person for artistic renderings. Need a sign? Susie can make you one.


Need a forty foot mural for a school house in a Bedouin village? Susie can whip one up. Or two. (or five).



Then when I was in business school I had this dream that I could maybe work as an artist (when I got a 65 on my first finance exam). I painted a bunch of funny little figures one weekend and brought them to a wacky little folk art gallery downtown and the owner said she'd display them. She sold every one and gave me 60% of the proceeds. So I built a website and told everyone I knew and we had a little "gala opening".


And I sold enough of those little guys to pay for my husband and me to bike from Budapest to Prague through Vienna for a month after I graduated (but only enough to sleep in a tent).

Then I reproduced a bunch and made them into cards and prints and invitations and what not. Sold some of those too.


But I started getting sick of those little guys. And had some little guys of my own. And by then I had a business school job and a mortgage and some school loans and I kind of lost sight of my dream. Until my friend asked me to paint her ketubah* and that's when I suddenly woke up.


Good morning! I started painting again. A lot. Different things. That's when I remembered my dream. I forgot about all of those reasons why my dream was impossible and started living my dream.

For more corner views visit Dana, who's hosting this week while Jane is globe trotting...

*traditional Jewish marriage contract

21 comments:

Renee said...

Here is to waking up and living your dream.

You are so beautiful Susie and your art is amazing.

Love Renee xoxo

Emily said...

Glad you've reconnected with your dream. I love the way your dreams involve such COLOR! Beautiful!

aimee said...

here's to 65 percent performance on finance exams so you could discover what was really important to you. WOW. i didn't know you did murals too. that is beautiful! and
impeccable timing on the ketubah pic. i just linked to it!

Dana said...

You are always so inspiring mo mamma
:)

urbaNiche said...

this is brilliant!
im a believer in living your dreams!
happy dreaming and happy living your dream

Michele at A House Called Nut said...

Thanks for sharing your story! It's serendipitous and inspiring all at once. And that bike tour sounds amazing. My husband and I love touring, but have never done it for more than a week at a time.

Prairie Girl Studio said...

you gave my heart such a lift this morning ... thank you so much!
i, too love how your dreams are so brilliantly colourful and full of joy and cheer ...
prairiegirl xo

Ian said...

I really enjoyed sharing your dream. It's a good one.

aimee said...

had to come back and look at that ketubah again. it is beautiful! love how you separated all the tiles - it gives the piece a light, airy, floating feeling.

lori vliegen said...

hi susie! aimee suggested that we all drop by for a look-see at your beautiful ketubah.....and wow, was she ever right about the "beautiful" part!! other words come to mind, too.....like stunning, gorgeous, fantastic......

i loved reading your story, too. here's to living our dreams.... :))

Pat said...

Susie, I love your story and your artwork! Thanks for sharing your dream and giving hope to those of us who are still chasing ours.

likeschocolate said...

Lovely!

jacqueline said...

Susie you are soo pretty and i adore your beautiful colorful work! Thank you so much for sharing your inspirational story! Here's a toast to living your dream! Have a lovely merry happy day and love to you!

Theresa said...

great story
keep it going

la ninja said...

here's to dreams come true (and the balls it takes to actually go and do it!) hooray!

lisa mertins said...

sue, this affirmation is exactly what i needed to read this morning. thank you for sharing your story of following your dream. it gives me courage...

Renee said...

The ketubah is so beautiful. I just heard of them recently and I think it is so wonderful.

Love Renee xoxo

Asja said...

this was a pleasure to read and also very inspiring!

Lori said...

What a great post. I love hearing how you reconnected wih your dream again. And your murals? wow. You are SO supposed to be doing art. Finance sminance.

thewillowsnest said...

What a glorious post! I love the way you composed this.what a cool story, so neat to share it this way! ( with the cool old pics)
And forgive me for never having heard of a ketubah .. but I think I need one!!!
( if it looks like that beautiful one!)

painted fish studio said...

i loved reading this!